[ chil-der-muhs ]
/ ˈtʃɪl dər məs /

noun Chiefly British.

Origin of Childermas

before 1000; Middle English chyldermasse, equivalent to Old English cildra (genitive plural of cildchild) + mæsseMass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for Childermas

  • A central feature of the celebration was a pompous church procession following vespers on Childermas eve.

    St. Nicholas|George H. McKnight
  • See thou fall not hastily into the like offence, else shalt thou smart from Childermas to All-hallowtide.

  • On Childermas day (the 28th of August) the license of the English visitors had grown to such a height, that it was.

  • On the eve of Innocents day (Dec. 28th), the priests gave way to the choir boys, the children, for the celebration of Childermas.

    St. Nicholas|George H. McKnight

British Dictionary definitions for Childermas

/ (ˈtʃɪldəˌmæs) /


archaic Holy Innocents Day, Dec 28

Word Origin for childermas

Old English cylda-mæsse, from cildra, genitive plural of child, + mæsse Mass
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